Students of Velagapudi Ramakrishna Siddhartha Engineering College have launched a cricket tournament for a cause. Moved by the plight of old people in an old age home at Kanchikacherla, the students organised the inaugural charity match on Monday and said that they would organise a match everyday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. among the first and second year engineering students with an aim to collect Rs.1 lakh.

“We observed that the home was not having a corpus fund when we went as part of the college National Social Service team. We will collect Rs.20 from students whose teams are playing the match. As part of the corporate social responsibility firms like Mitra Honda, KTM Bajaj, Yamaha, Cherrys Restaurant and Vijay Electrical have donated to the cause,” said K. Narendra, NSS coordinator.

The students are expected to collect Rs.40,000 from the 12-day tournament in which seven teams are taking part. Students from affluent families are also planning to involve their parents for the noble cause. The VRSEC principal G. Sambasiva Rao, who inaugurated the tournament on Monday, congratulated the students for taking up the cause and advised them to shape into responsible citizens by excelling in academics, sports and in social service.

He also inaugurated a website that provided a ball-by-ball coverage and other details of the tournament. College physical director, representatives of sponsors and students were present to motivate the teams.

Mechanical XI was off to a flying start, scoring its first win, defeating Electronics Instrumentation Engineering (EIE) XI by 19 runs. Mechanical made 91 for six in the allotted 15 overs with Ketan scoring the highest runs (30). In reply, EIE made 72 for three in 15 overs with Aditya making 29. Electronics Communication Engineering (ECE) and Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) will clash in the second match on Tuesday.